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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Japan: Krazy Kit Kats!

 

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This is a topic that has reached many blogs in recent years, the crazy funky flavours of Japanese Kit Kats. The greatest blog effort I have come across is “Jen Ken’s Kit Kat Blog”, not just a page but an entire blog dedicated to those “out there” Japanese Kit Kats (a blog which after several years of going strong seems to have waned??). But as I, like many visitors to Japan, have been intrigued by the odd assortment of flavours, it would be remiss of me not to cover it in my blog.

 

Nestle Kit Kat LogoKit-Kats were introduced by the Rowntree company and are now made by Nestle, everywhere except the USA, because they are always different in the USA…

 

Kit Kat’s have a great history.  The original four-finger bar was apparently developed after a worker at Rowntree's York Factory put a suggestion in a recommendation box for a snack that "a man could take to work in his pack". The bar launched on 29 August 1935, under the title of "Rowntree's Chocolate Crisp" (priced at 2d), and was sold in London and throughout Southern England. The name Kit Kat originated in the late 17th century in London. A literary & political club frequently met at a pie shop, owned by pastry chef Christopher Catling. The group called itself the Kit Kat club, using an abbreviated version of the owner's name.
In the 18th century the group met in different locations but were regulars on The Strand, a street in central London which is now occupied by the famous restaurant, Simpsons-in-the-Strand. For reasons that have been lost in time, the Rowntree company trademarked the name “Kit Kat” around 1911, but did not use the name until the 1930’s.

 

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Japanese Kit Kats
Back in the early 2000’s a Japanese work colleague returned from a trip home with several individual Kit Kat packets as gifts. I was given the Orange flavoured Kit Kat.
 
image The first Japanese Kit Kat I was introduced to 10+ odd years ago

 

 


Lemon Kit Kat (Valentine’s Day Edition)

 

The next time I came across a funky Japanese Kit Kat was several years later in a Japanese grocery store in Sydney. IT was a Lemon Kit Kat released for Valentines day and on the back of the box of four fingers there was space to write your Valentines message to the intended recipient of the chocolate gift.

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Apple Kit Kat
 
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Golden Citrus Blend Kit Kat (Shikoku Regional Edition)

 

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Chilli Kit Kat

 

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Sakura Matcha Kit Kat

 

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Yawata Five Spice Kit Kat (Nagano Regional Edition)

 

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Strawberry Cheesecake (Yokohama Regional Edition)

 

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Soy Sauce Kit Kat

A regional variety, this is actually one of my favourites. Soy Sauce can of course be sweet – think Indonesian style Kecap Manis – a thick sweet soy sauce. To me, the Soy Sauce Kit Kat tasted very much like Kecap Manis. It was a pleasant surprise and much nicer then you would probably imagine.

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Royal Milk Tea Kit Kat

Good ol’ Royal Milk Tea, complete with a Scottish Tartan pattern on the box! The flavour of this one was also surprising, surprisingly pleasant. It was almost Earl Grey-ish but not quite. Definitely a milky tea flavour and o the list as another of my favourites.

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Ginger Ale Kit Kat

Once again the flavour surprised me. It almost felt like it was fizzing in your mouth and was unmistakably Ginger Ale. Another one for the favourite list.

 

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Hokkaido Melon Kit Kat (Hokkaido Regional Edition)

 

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Strawberry Kit Kat

 

 

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Blueberry Cheese Cake Kit Kat

 

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Wasabi Kit Kat

 

 

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Ultimate list of Far Out Funky Flavours
 
 
Far from complete, in fact I doubt there is even a complete list out there, this is probably closest there is to date of a list of all of the Japanese funky flavour Kit Kats there are
 
 
 

PUDDING/DESSERT

Tiramasu

Tiramasu and Green Tea

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Framboise (Milk & Raspberry Cheesecake)

Lemon Cheesecake

Blueberry Cheescake **

Caramel Pudding

Custard Pudding

Mango Pudding

Annin Dofu (Almond Tofu Dessert)

SWEETS

Salt and Caramel

Black Sugar
Brown Sugar
Bubblegum
Black Honey (Molasses?)

COFFEE

Caramel Macchiato

Cafe Latte

Espresso

Milk Coffee

Capuccino

COOKIES

Cookies and Cream

Cookies and Milk

Cookie Plus (Cookie Crumbs)

Cookies and Chocolate
Dark Chocolate with Cookies

STRAWBERRY

Strawberry **

Strawberry Hazelnut

Bitter Strawberry

Sparkling Strawberry

Strawberry Tart

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry & Cranberry
Triple Berry (Strawberry, Blueberry, Cranberry)
Strawberry and Nuts
Strawberry and Chocolate
Strawberry and Potato
Strawberry and Milk
Smooth Strawberry
Tsubeu Strawberry (freeze dried strawberry bits

POTATO

Baked Potato

Yellow Potato

Daigaku imo (Candied Sweet Potato)

Kawagoe Baked Sweet Potato

Yakiimo Grilled Sweet Potato

Purple Sweet Potato

Roasted Sweet Potato

 

FRUIT

Muscat of Alexandria Grapes

Watermelon

Watermelon and Salt
Hokkaido Ubari Melon ** (+ Canteloupe + Ubari Chocolate)

Cherry

Apple **
Creamy Apple
Apple and Carrot
Mango

Peach

Golden Peach
White Peach
Kiwifruit

Pineapple

Banana

Choco-Banana

Le Lectier (a pear variety)

Blueberry

Raspberry

Raspberry & Passionfruit

Pickled Plum

Hascapp (Japanese Berry)

Mixed Juice

Fruit Parfait
Exotic Tokyo (Mixed Fruit)
Exotic Kansai (lemon, passionfruit, sour orange, ginger)

CITRUS

Orange **

Bitter Orange

Sour Orange

Yozu Koshu (Citrus & Chilli)

Orange Creme
Brandy and Orange
Mikan (Mandarin)
Lemon **
Marugoto Lemon

VEGETABLE

Grilled Corn

Pumpkin

Cucumber
Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera Yoghurt
Beet
Itoen Juu-jitsu Yasai (Enriched Vegetable Flavour)

Vegetable Juice

VINEGAR

Apple Vinegar

Lemon Vinegar

FLOWER ETC

Maple

White Maple

Cherry Blossom

Winter Cherry Blossom

Rose

SPICE

Wasabi
Chilli

Five Spice **

English Mustard

CHEESE

Cheese

Petit Cheese

European Cheese

NUTS

Chestnut

Almond

Bitter Almond

Hazelnut Cream

TEA

Jasmine Tea

Roasted Tea

Green Tea

Green Tea with Milk

Green Tea with Milk & Red Bean

Green Tea & Kinako (Toasted Soy Flour)

“Air In” Green Tea (Aero Bar Style)

Creamy Green Tea

Earl Grey

Black Tea
Ice Tea

BEANS & SOY

Azuki Bean (Red Bean)

Red Bean Soup

Vanilla Bean

Miso

Endamame Zunda (Mashed Endamame Bean)

Kinako (Toasted Soy Flour)

Black Sugar and Kinako (Toasted Soy Flour)

Kinako & Ohagi (Toasted Soy Flour /Rice Puff)

 

 

CHOCOLATE

Relaxing Chocolate (Semi-Dark Chocolate)

Adult Chocolate (Dark Chocolate)

White Chocolate

Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Mild-Bitter Chocolate

Melt-in-your-Mouth Chocolate

Chocolate Fudge

“Air In” White (Aero Bar Style)
Bitter and White Chocolate (Alternate Bitter and White)
Midnight Eagle (White)
61% Cocoa
72% Cocoa
Soy Milk Chocolate
Creamier Chocolate
Exotic Hokkaido (Creamy Milk)

 

SODA & DRINKS

Soda (Lemonade/Ramune)

Umeshu Soda (Plum Liqueur & Soda)

Cola & Lemon Squash

Sports Drink

Calpis (a Lemon Soft Drink)

Ginger Ale **
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Butter

Crimson

Whole Wheat

Hot Cakes
French Rock Salt
French Bretagne Milk flavor
Nasu Highland Milk
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So you want to buy some Japanese Kit Kats?

Well of course the simplest way to buy these funky Kit Kats is to travel to Japan! At major airport and JR train stations there are stores selling the biggest variety of variants, however there is no central location selling every single available variety, especially as some of the minor regional variants are restricted to that specific variation.

Probably the most well known Japanese pop culture e-commerce site is J-Box (www.jbox.com). J-Box is part of the larger J-List site, J-List has adult content, where as J-Box is safe for all. .This is the site I have used to purchase some varieties when I was not able to travel to Japan

JBox "You have a friend in Japan"

A fairly comprehensive Asian grocery/food site, also mentioned on my recent Kaya post is VeryAsia.com. They seem to have a fairly good range of Japanese Kit Kats available on line.

Buy Japanese Kit Kats - VeryAsia.com US

 

Then of Course there is Nestle Japan’s own site. There is an “e-shop” but it’s all Japanese and for the non-Japanese speaker its difficult to navigate

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